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THANKS to funding from the RNRMC, the new Lynx Wildcat has been brought to vibrant life at RNAS Yeovilton. The junior rates within Yeovilton’s SE section had a crewroom in serious need of an update; and a grant from the RN’s dedicated charity provided enough money to refresh the entire room with water heater, sinks and taps, furniture, breakfast bar and most importantly, that essential of Naval life, a toaster.

Wildcat runs wild at Heron

Careful marshalling of their cash, and canny use of special offer sales, left a small amount of money in the kitty for pictures for the walls.

some generic framed pictures, we took inspiration from the aircraft at Yeovilton and contacted local graffiti artists who helped us plan a design. “We chose graffiti as a good way of attaining a bespoke wall covering which

Rob Heath said: “Rather than buying

RNRMC grants on the rise

THE Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC) granted £5,300,000 in 2012 to the Naval Service family and related charities

total of £5,100,000. The


increase on the previous year’s grants made


the full range of the RNRMC’s beneficiary group and supported those who served long ago, as well as giving increased support to today’s serving sailors and marines and their families. Benevolence support included £439,500 to the Royal Naval Benevolent Trust and £560,000 to the Royal Navy & Royal Marines Children’s Fund. Among the 16 other charities

supported were Blind Veterans UK, SSAFA Forces Help, the Not Forgotten Association and Erskine as the RNRMC greatly expanded its

ability to reach beneficiaries

in need. Support to the serving community grew, with £1,300,000 granted

to improve refurbishment

provide families days and fund major

facilities, projects

through the Amenity Fund, and £19,600 for the 137 Herbert Lott Efficiency Award citations. A grant was also given to each RN and RM Reserve Unit in recognition of their contribution to Op Olympics,

and HMS

Bulwark received £8,000 to help produce a commemorative book of their participation.

CONTACT RNRMC Royal Navy and Royal

Marines Charity

Building 29, HMS Excellent Whale Island Portsmouth Hampshire PO2 8ER

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● Ex-Royal Navy Leading Seaman, Eddie Gravett, received nursing and therapeutic care at the Royal Star & Garter last year, aided by a grant from the RNRMC

the Naval Families Federation to investigate how specific grants might go to help families. In recognition of its core duty, a total of £228,000 was paid through the £12,000 immediate grant to the 19 families of those who died in service during the year. RNRMC Chief Executive

Robert Robson said: “We are delighted to have been able to grant more this past year. “We have only been able to do because of the supporters backing us, to whom I offer a big thank you whether you give through

The RNRMC is working with

your pay, fundraise for us or are one of our increasing band of volunteers.

“The RNRMC is unique in being the grant-maker to the many causes and charities that exist to help our serving and veteran Naval Service community. “I am particularly pleased that

we have been able to provide more money to give families a breather or a bit of fun – we will be doing more with families in the future. You can support the RNRMC

Twickenham challenge

Take the THE annual Army v Navy

showdown takes place at Twickenham on Saturday April 27 and the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC) is the chosen charity of the day. The top-class rugby match,

famous for its fierce rivalry, will see the two Services battle it out for the coveted Babcock Trophy. But if you cannot get to the game, you can still show your support by getting involved in the challenge set by the RNRMC. The

charity all units, is ships, calling on squadrons,

submarines and establishments to support it by getting on ‘The Road to Twickenham’. All you’ve got to do is cycle,

row, swim, walk, run, crawl or hop (forwards, backwards or sideways) the distance it would take you to get from wherever you are in the world to Twickenham Stadium at TW2 7BA. If you are in Portsmouth, this is a quite reasonable task of just 70 miles – so that’s under three marathons or seven bouts of ten miles.

But if you’re in the Falklands,

you might perhaps want to put a team together to notch up the collective miles to Twickenham’s gates. How tough you want to make

your challenge is totally up to you, but this is a great way to keep fit and raise funds at the same time. To get involved, search ‘Road

to Twickenham’ on the Virgin Money Giving website or call the Fundraising Team on 023 9254 8289.

All money raised will be given

in a number of ways. For more information please visit rnrmc.

to serving personnel, their families or former personnel of the Naval Service.

Payroll giving competition winners

THE Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity Payroll Giving Competition results are in, with the

receiving a £1,000 prize for their welfare fund.

five winning teams each

The competition was launched last September, when all ships, submarines, units and establishments were invited to sign up to the Payroll Giving scheme. The five winners are those who

achieved the highest percentage increase in sign-ups by January 2

this year.

Their prizes are in addition to the bi-annual grant that the RNRMC makes to every welfare fund in the Naval Service. The winners are: ■ 1st: HMS Artful ■ 2nd: MCM1 Crew 2 (HMS

Blyth) ■ 3rd: 829

Squadron ■ 4th: HMS Temeraire ■ 5th: 1 Assault Group Royal Marines

Naval Air

Payroll Giving to the RNRMC means that for just £5 a month taken from your salary (costing you only £4 if

before tax), you receive automatic sports insurance, and help the RNRMC.

it is donated

It is easy to sign up to the scheme either through your Payroll Giving representative, or by asking your BWO, EWO or Coxswain for a form or contact Dean Rogers on 02392 548 417 or

blends into the room rather than being confined to a frame.

“The Senior Maintenance Rating Chief in charge of the SE section was reluctant and held reservations about the graffiti style painting, but was impressed by the result.” The mural also has the words ‘For Rick’

written in the clouds as a reminder of an SE rating killed some years ago.

The work was done by the Paintsmiths:

Picture: LA(Phot) Maxine Davies, HMS Northumberland

● During a brief break from anti-piracy and maritime security operations off the east coast of Africa, sailors from HMS Northumberland have helped renovate the grounds of a Tanzanian community centre during a port visit to Dar es Salaam

SAILORS from HMS Northumberland spent a day helping to revamp a community centre in Tanzania during a break from anti-piracy patrols. During a break from anti-piracy and maritime security operations off the east coast of Africa, a party from Northumberland headed to the Kigamboni Community Centre while their ship was berthed in Dar es Salaam. The

set up in 2006 to offer shelter and education to children, but also runs a mobile library and promotes adult learning initiatives. The 25 volunteers from the install windows

ship helped to

and doors, repair fencing, and build ‘hougle beds’, which will be used to grow vegetables in dry conditions.

the community centre members performed an impressive musical and acrobatic dance – demonstrating

skills they’re taught at Kigamboni. The centre’s founder, Festo Chengula, was fulsome in his

just some of the As a sign of their appreciation community centre was

Northumberland gets to grips with Tanzania

praise. “The place looks great after all the hard work. The centre members love having guests and you are all welcome to visit again.” In an exchange of gifts HMS

Northumberland donated 85 football shirts, courtesy of the Royal Navy Football Association, together with a rugby ball, football and Northumberland crest and commemorative coin. The ship’s LPT Andrew

Davidson said: “All my shipmates were moved by the day at the centre. We felt a great sense of achievement knowing that we’d helped in every way possible.” His Commanding Officer Cdr

Paddy Dowsett added: “Our visit to Dar es Salaam has been a real success. “Not only has it reaffirmed and strengthened the commitment the United Kingdom has to Tanzania, it

to give something to the local community.”

has also allowed my team

His ship is still in the early stages of her patrol of the Indian Ocean. She’s due home in Plymouth in May.

Edinburgh’s capital project in Mauritania

SAILORS from HMS Edinburgh spent part of their recent visit to West Africa sprucing up an orphanage in Nouakchott, the capital city of Mauritania. The ship’s chaplain Rev Charles Bruzon and 54 crew overhauled the

orphanage, clearing five skip loads of rubbish from a compound around the site, then giving the building itself a deep clean and a lick of paint. Rev Bruzon said: “The project was mutually beneficial and undertaken in a spirit of cooperation – the orphanage undoubtedly benefitted from our sailor’s efforts and the volunteers came away with a renewed perspective and appreciation of the privileges we enjoy compared to those in other parts of the world.” Edinburgh’s commanding officer, Cdr Nick Borbone, added: “Looking around at the sheer effort that has gone into improving the orphanage, it is clear that although my team only had seven hours to work on this project, these children will now enjoy a better life than they did yesterday.” From West Africa the veteran destroyer headed further around the coastline to the southern shores of South Africa, and is now on patrol in the South Atlantic. The Type 42 is on her last operational tour, and set off from

Portsmouth in September last year for her six-month deployment across the Atlantic.

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